NFL owners and the people they employ did something totally out of character this past draft cycle. They showed restraint. But will that discipline last in a league that places a premium on quarterbacks?
The argument over whether pass rush or coverage is more important ravages the streets of football debate. It's endlessly complex, and that complexity leads to a never-ending debate as the game evolves.
Like in the times of old, the NFL is about to enter a new frontier. With the AFC gearing up for an all-out brawl, the AFC West has quickly settled in as a territory that would rival the boomtowns of yesteryear.
Each of the last two Super Bowl champions had star quarterbacks that changed teams the previous offseason. And based on the seismic shifts of the last six months, don’t be surprised if the streak runs to three.
While Kenny Pickett might be the most “NFL-ready” of the rookie QB class, it would behoove the Steelers to not mistake a high floor for a sure thing, especially out of the gate, when they have two other reasonable options.
With great expectations come great scrutiny. And if this high-stakes gamble on Deshaun Watson backfires, Browns HC Kevin Stefanksi will likely pay the price for not meeting expectations -- whether Watson is on the field or not.
For as long as Patrick Mahomes is throwing passes and Andy Reid is patrolling the sideline, the Kansas City Chiefs will be competitive in the AFC West. But can they win the division without Tyreek Hill and others?
Few, if any, believed the Dallas Cowboys' season in 2021 would unfold the way it did. The conventional wisdom heading into the year was that Dallas could compete for a conference championship if the defense could be average. It ended up being a top-three defense.
The Giants have challenged QB Daniel Jones by declining his fifth-year option. As a competitor, Jones should have added motivation this season. Will it be enough to show the Giants that he can be their franchise quarterback of the future?
Davante Adams’ outstretched hands hauling in pinpoint spirals from Aaron Rodgers. Clutch touchdowns. Playoff victories. Now, that's all in the past. How will Rodgers and the offense move forward without Adams?
The Lions tore down everything built by the previous regime last year. This offseason was the time for them to plant their flag and build a team that could regularly contend in a rough-and-tumble division. Now, can they rise from the ashes?
There are several ways to rebuild a roster, and the Atlanta Falcons have taken the radical approach. Instead of building upon the positive remains of the previous regime, GM Terry Fontenot and head coach Arthur Smith have chosen to strip the depth chart from its foundation during their first two offseasons together.
The most valuable asset in professional sports is a quarterback on a rookie contract. Justin Fields, the No. 11 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, will average just $4.7 million annually over the first four years of his rookie deal. Can the Chicago Bears take advantage?